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Party leaders in last ditch Scottish devolution pledge

The leaders of the three main political parties have signed a pledge to devolve more powers to Scotland if Scots reject independence in Thursday’s referendum.

The BBC reports Prime Minister David Cameron, deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband have signed a pledge promising “extensive new powers” for the Scottish Parliament.

Published on the front page of the Daily Record newspaper, the pledge commits to preserving the Barnett funding formula – the method used to determine the distribution of funding around the UK – and giving the Scottish government the final say on NHS funding.

It also promises to “ensure opportunity and security for all” by sharing the UK’s resources fairly.

The Yes campaign has argued the only way to guarantee more powers is to vote for independence.

In a last-ditch visit north of the border, Cameron travelled to Aberdeen on Monday to warn Scottish voters that a Yes vote would be irreversible and lead to a “painful divorce”.

On the penultimate day of campaigning ahead of Thursday’s referendum, the Yes campaign is expected to focus on jobs and the NHS, while the No side will promise change and a “better Britain”.


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  1. How is this right? No one was consulted on this and no one, including the rest of the UK or Scotland, is able to vote on it.

    If it’s being offered to the Scots then surely it should be offered to all home nations…

  2. So when are we going to have an English Parliament???

  3. Compliance Manager 16th September 2014 at 9:31 am

    @ Lee – despite being an Englishman (going back many generations without genetic influence from anywhere outside England), we don’t need an English parliament. The UK parliament has served the Union for 300+ years and, whilst not being perfect by any manner of means, will continue to serve the country well for the next 300.

    As I fervently hope the Scots will agree, we are better together.

  4. The Cynical Broker 16th September 2014 at 10:00 am

    We’ll have an English Parliament once the Scot’s vote “Yes” to leaving the UK. Their arguement for doing so is fundamentally sound – Alex Salmond says everything will be wonderful so that’s all right then! Afer all, 100,000 lemmings can’t be wrong!

  5. CM – I’d question your view that Westminster has served the UK well, for decades its focused on London at the expense of everywhere else. Unlike every other developed nation we have a Capital City that encompasses far too large a percentage of the population and the next 4 largest cities are a lot smaller than they should be.

    This isn’t down to southerners being industrious and northerns being lazy, its down to the lack of investment outside of the M25.

    HS2 is a prime example, it will link Birmingham to London, despite the fact that by spending far less they could significantly improve the rail routes linking, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, Sunderland and Newcastle. However as that would mean actually investing in the north, it doesn’t get considered.

  6. Once again the politician proves his chronic short sighted and selfish attitude which is more to do with his own personal self-preservation, and elects to give them some more money, or extra benefits, whilst conveniently forgetting how or who is going to pay for it in the future.

    Our politicians of the last 50 years really are dreadful charlatans, simply giving stuff away in order to protect their own position, or get themselves into the history books. Heath did it when he gave Europe our fishing rights in the early 70s, without telling anybody, in exchange for EU membership, and more recently, Brown did it with his massive overspend on the public sector, which has now resulted in my wife and I having £250,000 of state pension income removed from us in order to repay the national debt.

    Politicians of all persuasions have exercised this type of disgusting “vote buying politics” for their own benefit for years.

    Just one example is the public sector who now have totally unsustainable pension benefits at normal retirement, which the managers magnify substantially by taking early retirements for all sorts of deceitful trumped up reasons, which cost the tax payer billions – literally billions – and the politicians bow the the vote gathering media and tell us what wonderful servants the teachers, the firemen, the police and all the others are – absolute rubbish.

    We desperately need politicians with the high morals of a traditional statesman, and a very much greater sense of responsibility to the future generations of this country, and indeed the World at large.

    Scotland – these are the facts – Scotland already gets very substantially more Government spending per capita than in England, and now, because the opinion polls are predicting a close vote, and our current PM is fearful for his own future next Spring, he has thrown in even more financial incentives to vote No, when we are already committed to paying vast amounts if the Scots vote yes.

    Wonderful – as we all suspected – whatever the Scots vote for – we shall now have to pay either way.

    It is a very great shame that “political correctness”, that other bugger of politicians honesty and care for our futures, stopped them from telling the Scots the truth in the first place – Without the oil, they would not be having this conversation in the first place, and whichever way you look at it, possibly long after the “two fish” have disappeared from our lives, it will in fact run out – then what are you going to do?

  7. So if you stamp your feet hard enough you get some ice-cream!

    I thought the referendum issue was a straight yes/no; not a ‘we’ll see what else we can do.’ I’m with Grey Area on this!

  8. I agree we should all stick together and be stronger together – but there is currently a Welsh assembly and Scottish Parliament, yet we down here in England have a UK Parliament, why is this the case?
    We English are far to used to bending over and taking it, is it time to stop that??

  9. Lee, of course it’s time for you to have your own say. You have to stand up and shout otherwise you’ll be forgotten about

  10. The Cynical Broker 16th September 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Just think, if Scotland had gone independent sooner, we wouldn’t have had either Darling or Brown as Chancellors ! They could’ve been in charge of Scotland instead, along with Alex (Go on Fred buy ABN-Amro for Scotland) Salmond! Three of the wisest monkey’s ever!

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